I'm excited to share that I am the new private horn instructor for the Lake Zurich school district! It's a constant struggle to find a lot of horn students in one area, and so far
it looks like I'll have a large studio of 10-15 young players whose band directors are incredibly supportive. I start teaching next week and I can't wait. You can read more about my private lesson policies by clicking on the new "Private Lessons" tab at the top of the page.
This fall is an exciting few months for me with some new challenges. On October 11 and 12th I'll be performing Rite of Spring with the Illinois Symphony, and in November I'll be performing with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra for the first time (not to be confused with Chicago Jazz Philharmonic.)
Speaking of CJP, please check out Orbert Davis' new kickstarter campaign! Chicago Jazz Philharmonic accomplished so many incredible things last year: a gorgeous collaboration on "Havana Blue" with the River North Dancers and our premiere performance at Symphony Center. Please help us reach our fundraising goal so we can hit the recording studio in November! Check out the kickstarter campaign HERE.
In November I will be featured as a soloist with the Midwest Philharmonic Orchestra. The performance will take place on Sunday, November 24th at 3PM, and the program will feature me on Richard Strauss' Horn Concerto No. 1. The orchestra will also be performing Beethoven's 7th Symphony. I hope to see you there!
The YOURS Project site I work for is located in the Logan Square neighborhood, and I’m very excited that we’ll be launching our program at Ames Middle School this month. We’ll have somewhere around forty to fifty brand new students who will play an instrument for the first time in their lives. I get to teach with a versatile staff of musicians from all different kinds of backgrounds (who are also very talented at charades, which I learned at our holiday party.)
My winter project.
On Sunday, February 24th at 7PM I’ll be hosting the first recital of the YOURS Faculty Chamber Series. It will be a chamber recital comprised of new music composed by my friends and colleagues in Chicago. I’m thrilled to be performing works by Eric Malmquist, Luke Gullickson, Tom Madeja, and Ayriole Frost. This recital will also be the premiere performance of my quintet, Windswept. I’m excited to bring so many talented musicians together to contribute to a music project that is so vital to the children and neighborhoods of Chicago. The recital will be given at the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple, a beautiful church where I gave my Alzheimer's Benefit recital this past August.